North America Operations Update

Week of February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day


Dear valued OOCL Customer,



Port of Oakland News


Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) is adding night and week-end gates to relieve some of the congestion. The night gates will start on Monday, February 29th for reefers, empty in/out and export receiving. The Saturday gates run from 8:30am to 4:30pm for export in, empty in, one-stop full out, empty out. There is no charge to customers, truckers, or carriers for the night and week-end gates.  No import dry containers in the transtainer rows will available at OICT on the night gates or the Saturday gates.  The terminal is working with an independent company, Shipper’s Transport Express (STE), to create an inland facility in the California central valley at French Camp, CA; this may be operational within the next 2 weeks. The idea is to provide customers with an option to have their containers moved out of the terminal at night to the inland facility; the costs and arrangements for that operation would be for the customer’s account and handled by STE.  The terminal is also implementing a shuttle from their main yard to STE’s near dock facility, this would not incur any cost to customers, truckers, or carriers; details are still being worked out.  A gate appointment system is also being considered, but that is at least 2-3 months away from implementation.



Winter Sailing Program


G6 Alliance announces Asia-North America Winter Program

Members of the G6 Alliance announced the Winter Program for Asia – North America services in response to traditional seasonal changes in market demand. The following are the temporary changes:


Asia – North America East Coast Service
The G6 Alliance has combined the NYE and SCE services into a single service with the following port rotation:


Xiamen – Kaohsiung –  Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Pusan – Panama Canal –  Manzanillo – Kingston – Savannah – Charleston – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville – Kingston – Manzanillo – Panama Canal – Balboa – Pusan – Xiamen


In response to seasonal changes in the market demand, we would like to inform you of the withdrawal of the following post-Chinese New Year sailings for Asia – North America East Coast services:


North & Central China East Coast Express (NCE) service

  • There was no sailing from Pusan on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from N. America March 20-26, 2016 (week 12)


Asia – North America West Coast Service
The G6 Alliance has temporarily suspended the Central China 2 (CC2) service between Asia and the North America West Coast during the winter period from Week 44.


A Busan Eastbound call will be added to the CC4 during the CC2 suspension resulting in the following rotation:


Shanghai (WaiGaoQiao) – Ningbo – Busan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Shanghai (WaiGaoQiao)


Note:  Central China 1 (CC1) service remains the primary route for Busan Cargo.


In response to seasonal changes in the market demand, we would like to inform you of the withdrawal of the following post-Chinese New Year sailings for Asia – North America West Coast services:


South China 2 (SC2) service

  • There was no sailing from Dachan Bay on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from North America February 28 – March 05, 2016 (week 9)

Southeast Asia 2 (SE2) service

  • There was no sailing from Laem Chabang on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from North America March 06-12 (week 10)

North Pacific 3 (NP3) service

  • There was no sailing from Qingdao on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from North America March 06-12 (week 10)



Other Vessel and Terminal Information


Terminal First Receiving Date

Information for export cargo container receiving windows as reported by North America terminals continues to be updated daily on OOCL.com.


Vessel Schedule

For the most up to date scheduling information please do refer to our interactive point to point or vessel schedule on www.oocl.com.





North America Rail Operations


BNSF – While most areas are currently experiencing very favorable conditions for late February, a potentially strong storm could bring some disruptive weather to central and eastern portions of the BNSF network during the first few days of March. Many uncertainties remain regarding the storm track but significant snow accumulations are possible for the central Plains and upper Midwest as well as severe storms in parts of the South.



Truck Power


Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups is adequate except for certain ports where terminal congestion is causing delays.  In Oakland, the Pacific Northwest and New York, long lines at OICT and GCT Bayonne impact truck drivers hours of service, limiting the number of moves that can be handled each day.

  • There is a shortage of trucking companies willing to dray hazardous containers.
  • There are no truck power issues in Canada or Mexico.
  • Please see our Truck Power Map on OOCL.com for more information regarding advance timing required for door movements.



Pacific Southwest


  • Marine terminals operating relatively well with limited issues reported.
  • Due to the impact of late arriving SC2 vessels at Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT), there has been abnormal congestion inside and outside the terminal.
  • Trapac reported congestion this week and closed export receiving gate early on Friday, February 26th during the first shift.
  • Truck power was in good supply this week.
  • Most terminals reported a shortage of chassis last week.





  • OICT was highly congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates. Gate turn times averaged 62 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off at 2:30 daily.   OICT was low on pool chassis all week.  Several import delivery lanes were closed this week.
  • Trapac operations were moderately congested last week. Gate turn times averaged 42 minutes.   The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports.  Trapac ran out of 20’ pool chassis every day last week.
  • Oakland is short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 7 days out.  Truck power situation is primarily caused by slow import deliveries, early afternoon restrictions on dual transactions at OICT, and driver waiting time for a bare chassis to become available.



Tacoma & Seattle


  • Tacoma WUT was operating normally. Gate turn times averaged 20 minutes.  The terminal posts an announcement on their web site regarding for which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo the following day.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested.  Gate turn times averaged 45 minutes.
  • Seattle-Tacoma is tight on truck power.
  • Seattle-Tacoma equipment supply is adequate.





  • This week the CN evacuated an average of 2 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from Deltaport Terminal.  Rail operations at Deltaport are fluid, ground count is quite high due to yard congestion and ongoing construction at the terminal.  Dwell times for intermodal (ITM) containers are averaging 4 days.
  • Vanterm Terminal has no OOCL containers at this time.
  • Centerm Terminal is now experiencing longer dwell times with approximately 80 ITM containers dwelling for 5 days.



CN Montreal


  • CAST and Termont Terminals are very fluid with 121 ITM import containers dwelling 2 days or less at CAST and none at Termont.



CN Halifax


  • The terminals remain very fluid. There is one intermodal containers dwelling between one and two days at Halterm Terminal and none dwelling at Ceres Terminal.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 69 minutes
  • GCT New York – 23 minutes
  • Maher – 53 minutes
  • The Sunday gate continues at GCT Bayonne at least through March. Hours are from 0600 until 1300. No reefers or OOG/Awkward cargo will be handled.
  • Truck power lead time is 3-4 days in NYC.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 43 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time is 0-2 days in Norfolk.



USA Midwest & South Central


  • Truck power remains adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf.
  • Equipment supply is adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf.
  • Chassis are adequate throughout the region.
  • Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
  • Gate turn times averaged 46 minutes.
  • New Orleans Napoleon Terminal operating normally.



South Atlantic                         

  • Truck power for this region remains adequate.
  • Rail ramps and terminals fluid, no delays reported.





  • Services at marine terminals in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week.
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.



Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America